The Pandemic and ‘Emerging Adults’

Gustavo Grodnitzky Employee Engagement

The global pandemic affects our culture in myriad ways. There’s one effect of the pandemic that surprises a lot of people when I tell them about it: It’s accelerating the expansion of a new life stage that social scientists call “emerging adulthood.” This culture shift started well before the pandemic. In 2014, 32% of 18- to 34-year-olds lived with a …

4 Ways to Keep Employees Engaged While Working Remotely

Gustavo Grodnitzky Employee Engagement

There’s a lot we can’t control right now, like the continuing pandemic and deep divisions in our country. But there are also many things we can control. And it’s a lot more productive to focus on them. One of those areas within our control is helping our teams stay engaged in this new world of remote work. Keeping teams engaged …

How to Manage a Negative Employee

Gustavo Grodnitzky Employee Engagement, Organizational Culture

How should you handle an employee who is chronically negative about your company? It is unfortunate, but this question and others like it arise with some frequency in my work. Just last week, I was asked the above question by a participant in Culture Catalyst, an eight-week program I offer to leadership teams. There are several steps that might lead …

Does Your Workplace Culture Motivate Employees to Succeed?

Gustavo Grodnitzky Employee Engagement, Organizational Effectiveness

At a recent public forum for business leaders, I was asked this question: “Do you think a workplace culture can really change what motivates someone?” This questioner (whom I suspect had been “volunteered” to be there) had a heavy tone of doubt, disbelief and a bit of disgust thrown in for good measure. How did I answer? If you’ve heard me …

How to Handle Criticism Better

Gustavo Grodnitzky Employee Engagement, Organizational Culture

“That was the worst presentation I’ve ever seen! You got paid to do this presentation?! You’re a joke!” Those were the actual words spoken to me. Verbatim. After a presentation I used to give on anger management, several years ago, in Bangor, Maine. At that moment, I had several decisions to make: How would I think about what I had …

Drive Towards Sunrise Using Newton’s Second Law of Motion: Changing Workplace Culture, Part 2

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything, Employee Engagement, Organizational Culture

As promised in my last blog post, this week we discuss how Newton’s second law of motion can be applied to changing workplace culture. The second law is more complex, but if you stick with me, I promise to use it to explain another big and painful challenge when creating change in workplace culture: resistance. Here’s Newton’s second law: F=ma. The vector sum …

Changing Workplace Culture: Lessons from Sir Isaac Newton, Part 1

Gustavo Grodnitzky Culture Trumps Everything, Employee Engagement, Organizational Culture

I’ve been thinking about physics and workplace culture lately (please don’t hate me because I’m a bit of a geek). Physics has been around much longer than psychology and other disciplines that study culture. As a result, physics tends to have much more precise and measurable constructs than psychology. Today I want to share some of my thinking around changing …